From eight years old I could be found in the shop; I was Dad's helper as the two boys, aged six and four, were too little at that time. I had a good time and learned an awful lot about different woods: quality, grain, drying , and from what area or country, and how to cut to advantage. It's an education. Same with tools. I learned what they were for and how to use them and look after them, a few I do mention here: a "spoke shave," "block planing," "reading" threads on nuts and bolts, treating saws properly, types of nails etc., also how to mend and putty glass in windows.
|A spokeshave is used to smooth spokes of chairs.|
|Block planing creates a smooth surface from multiple strips or blocks of wood glued together.|
|A brace and bit. This tool was replaced by the electric drill; drill bits go in the lower left part.|